Floyd Mayweather said on a Showtime Boxing telecast Saturday night that he would only come out of retirement for a UFC fight. "It is possible I do come back, but if I do come back, it has to be in the octagon". "Me, I can do what I want, when I want, how I want to".
UFC star McGregor crossed over to boxing in August to face Mayweather in the second-highest grossing fight in history, with the American winning via a 10th-round stoppage in Las Vegas.
In the meantime, Mayweather can still talk about Conor McGregor. "The world loved what we did, but outside the ring, you've got to carry yourself like a gentleman". "We're going to make that fight".
"McGregor has other things to deal with", said Mayweather. I heard, I got a curveball a minute ago, they told me the slimy little weasel [Showtime Sports Stephen Espinoza], they want him involved in it. But McGregor faces various legal charges for his rampage that left fighters injured and a bus window broken during an incident at the Barclays Center in NY ahead of Saturday night's UFC 223 card. Both posted bail and have been released with their court date set for June 14.
In the interview, Mayweather said he would likely compete at featherweight in MMA.
If Mayweather goes into an MMA fight, he said it would be at 145 pounds.
It would probably take plenty of training with more than just Woodley for Mayweather to gain a firm understanding of fighting in the Octagon, particularly against a seasoned fighter like McGregor. "I would not box again", he said.
Obviously, McGregor seems the most likely opponent, but with his most recent run-in with the law, it isn't clear if he will return to the UFC - or if he will be welcomed back.